Sydney: Australia's cricket coach Darren Lehmann took responsibility for the crushing Ashes defeat to England, saying that his players were desperate to make amends in the final Test at The Oval.
"On behalf of our team I want to apologise for the manner in which we have lost, especially to those tour groups and individual fans who paid to travel to the UK to watch us and to the millions more tuning in at home," Lehmann wrote in a column for Cricket Australia website.
Lehmann attacked the suggestion that the players' wives, partners and families who had accompanied them on this tour had somehow contributed to the their lack form on the field.
"There's no question we haven't performed as we expected and we appreciate that in those circumstances we have to accept negative criticism. And while we're happy to cop criticism for the way we bat, bowl, field, it's unfair to suggest having families with us as a reason for our on-field efforts. I can't think of any other sport in which the players are away from their homes and their loved ones for such long stretches of time," he said.